No.20 Arizona St. blanks UT 4-0 in home opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee senior Zack Godley struck out nine in seven strong innings, but the Vol offense couldn't find an answer for the Arizona State pitching staff on Friday evening as UT fell 4-0 to the 20th-ranked Sun Devils in the 2013 home opener at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

"That was a typical SEC Friday night game right there,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “Both guys locked up. I think the difference in the game was the fact that Trevor Williams, who I think was lights out tonight, was ball one on only two of our hitters in his seven innings of work. That was probably the difference. He already has good stuff but then our guys got defensive when they were 0-1 on them. It's typical of the game of baseball. Godley did battle. He gave up too many free passes with four walks and one hit batter, but he battled through some things. You have to tip your cap where it needs to be tipped and their pitching out-dueled us tonight. It was a well-played game by them."

ASU starting pitcher Trevor Williams was the main culprit, holding the Big Orange to just three hits through seven shutout frames. A teammate of Godley’s on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team led by Serrano this past summer, Williams finished with eight strikeouts and just one walk in the contest, throwing strikes on 71 percent of his pitches (63 of 89).

Southpaw reliever Brett Lilek then closed out the contest for the Sun Devils, striking out four over two hitless frames. He did walk three, however, as the Vols put some pressure on late. All three of his walks came in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Tennessee to load the bases with two outs before a groundout to first ended the game.

All three of UT’s hits on the night were singles, with Andrew Lee, Taylor Smart and Vincent Jackson picking them up. For Jackson, it was the true freshman’s first career hit.

Freshman relief pitcher Trevor Charpie pitched the final two innings for the Vols, yielding two hits and striking out one in a scoreless outing out of the bullpen.

Arizona State got the scoring started in the top of the second with an RBI single off the bat of Nathaniel Causey. A three-run home run by Trever Allen in the fifth accounted for the only other runs in the contest.

Tennessee and 20th-ranked ASU will be back at it at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Vols will send freshman right-hander Aaron Quillen (0-0, 1.80) to the mound, while the Sun Devils will counter with sophomore southpaw Adam McCreery (0-0, 12.00).

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